The Intelligence Continuum and Emergency and Disaster Scenarios

The Intelligence Continuum and Emergency and Disaster Scenarios

Nilmini Wickramasinghe (Illinois Institute of Technology, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-284-8.ch007
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Application of germane knowledge and pertinent information is always important; however, it is imperative in emergency and disaster situations where a few seconds lost reading irrelevant data can translate into loss of life. To address the issue, this chapter discusses the intelligence continuum, which ensures the systematic and appropriate application of the critical tools, techniques, technologies, and tactics of knowledge management (KM) to ensure that only relevant knowledge is used at all times.
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Description Of Model

The Intelligence Continuum consists of a collection of key tools, techniques and processes of the knowledge economy; i.e. including data mining, business intelligence/analytics and knowledge management which are applied to a generic system of people, process and technology in a systematic and ordered fashion (Wickramasinghe and Schaffer, 2006). Taken together, they represent a powerful instrument for refining the raw data material stored in data marts and/or data warehouses and thereby maximizing the value and utility of these data assets. As depicted in Figure 1 the intelligence continuum is applied to the output of the generic information system. Once applied, the results become part of the data set that are reintroduced into the system and combined with the other inputs of people, processes, and technology to develop an improvement continuum. Thus, the intelligence continuum includes the generation of data, the analysis of these data to provide a “diagnosis” and the reintroduction into the cycle as a “prescriptive” solution.

Figure 1.

Intelligence Continum (adapted from Wickramasinghe & Schaffer, 2006)


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